57 thoughts on “Skype By the Numbers: It's Really Big”

  1. Those are impressive numbers!
    Combine Skype and similar services, the (new) iPhone with video chat, free WiFi…and you realize how much potential there is in the nearly 150 year old telecommunications industry.

  2. I find it interesting that the new HDTVs are starting to include Skype videoconferencing support. Interesting because video conferencing may have always been destined for the living room instead of the den.

    1. Be careful of the use of the term “video conferencing”; currently Skype only supports one-to-one video calling, including on new models of Panasonic, LG and Samsung TV’s

      On the other hand having just listened to an audience participation session on video conferencing at eComm, all multi-party video conferencing still has a way to go to have a satisfactory video conferencing experience. May explain why Skype has yet to introduce video conferencing as a feature.

      1. You are probably right in claiming careful use of the term “video conferencing”. But, Skype on Tv is what most domestic users will be happy with. No special / expensive equipment needed. Switch on the telly and chat. As simple as that.

        I would expect this “chat on tv” to get popular soon, and who knows, this might inspire clones, but also a more natural integration with social services. Perhaps facebook will roll it in. Or Google will dish out a more acceptable form of wave, and this time with live video chat.

        In any case, the telecom-TV convergence will be a happening place in the next couple of years. For sure.

  3. Did anyone ask what percentage of those claimed “560 million” registered users were “real”? That number includes every Skype account that has ever been created since the first beta release – including millions of accounts that have been created for one-time use by the spammers, pornographers and sex-chat-come-on artists who infest Skype space. Every abandoned account, never used account, duplicate account and anything else that has ever been created. Skype could easily make an estimate of “real” accounts, but that does not suit their propaganda purposes.

  4. Has anybody used competitors like VoxOX which is more feature rich combining the functionality of Skype and Google Voice? Any other competing services people like? Curious to hear some opinions.

  5. Truly impreesive numbers. With 12% of international calls, you can see there is no way but up and up and up for Skype. So long to long distance phone company providers as we know them.

  6. Ummm… The comparison to Facebook is a very bad one. Facebook’s user count is a monthly user count, not registered users. Apples to oranges. I’m sure Facebook has much more registered users than Skype does.

  7. I really want to understand how skype does it. How does it manage so many calls simultaneously? Specially the ones that are made to regular phones. Can someone explain (their technology) ?

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  9. Stats are impressive. I have tried other video calling software but nothing beats Skype. The quality of video is superb (even at my place where people still live below 256kbps poverty line). 12% of international calls is awesome. Way to go Skype!

  10. Great post ,

    As a Telecom Engineer and Carrier Relations Manager I know what the 36.1 billion minutes mean .

    OMG 12% of all global traffic . Thats a lot . I hope atleast i have 1% of their traffic on my networks .

  11. Disruption at it’s best… and yet, it’s too early to count the carriers out of the game. They have deep pockets and even deeper government regulations…

    23 million users logged in during peak times? Even though this is a big number, when considering the 6.7 billion or so people on the planet and the ubiquity of the telephone, there is still plenty of room to play in…

  12. I love Skype! My problem and source of my skepticism over these numbers is that rarely are any of my contacts online and Skype-able. So until they are hooked on Skype functionality will be limited. Also, I have one contact who has created 6 accounts–a new one for every time he forgets his password. That duplication may be skewing the numbers too, as I notice that behavior quite a bit…

  13. This is great news – the more people will use skype, carriers will not have choice but reduce their rates.
    I can’t wait to see skype becomes integral part of cell phones.

  14. So only 4% of its users are logged in at any given moment. I wonder if 15% logged in would it be able to handle the load?

  15. To put it simply Skype Rocks. We have also used Skype for patient consults. The call quality is almost always very good, certainly on par with that of cell calls.

    Using video/telecommuting cuts down on travel cost as well. It is a much more efficient way to do business. It can’t replace face to face business, however not all meetings need to be in person.

  16. Thanks for the good stuff Om. eBay must have sold Skype because they saw the numbers stalling and they did not want it to affect it’s financials. However, the structure of the deal implies that they do believe in the model: i.e they actually did not offload it totally but kept a 35% stake. Typically, this is a move to send a company under the radars.

    Bottom line 1: Skype had peaked and that explain their new model to sign up co-opetition deals to try to ramp the use. It’s the only reason they did not give our paid # of users.

    Bottom line 2: Facebook is about a new form of communicating – that is more comfortable to people. (and a lot more than that.) So I agree that you cannot really compare with Skype except in the number of users. This year the trendline on Facebook has it surpassing 500M users (so what took skype 10 years to build, Facebook has done in the matter of a couple years. And whereas Skype’s curve had peaked, FB is exponential.)

  17. my contacts cannot hear me. My microphone is not on mute. My headset was purchased from Skype. Have tried everything. Nothing works. My speakers do work.

  18. Skype now has a free video conference (multiple cams as of 10/10) beta running. It’s pretty good. They also routinely have 23M+ users logged in.

    The telco industry has been eaten by the baby. From providing access to the web in the 90’s via phone and cable to having phone and cable be the services of the web today.

    TV’s have been transitioning from receivers of broadcast, to broadcast, cable and monitors… now adding some PC, routing and gaming functionality… all to compete with the functionality of a monitor with a PC plugged into it.

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